Everyone’s focused on Apple’s upcoming “spaceship” campus, but Apple is also currently hard at work on its second-largest global campus.
Based in Northwest Austin, TX, the 1.1 million square foot space will reportedly house around 7,000 local workers, and be responsible for Apple’s “business operations for the Western Hemisphere.”
In addition to offices, the new campus will also include restaurants, a gym and a wellness center. As part of the Austin project, Apple is receiving $34 million in tax incentives from local city, county and state funders — in exchange for creating 3,600 new local jobs and spending $282 million on new buildings and equipment in Austin over the next ten years.
The campus is being built on a 38-acre wooded lot, and is expected to be finished next year.
“Austin has always been a voice and proponent of diversity and inclusiveness,” Apple’s head of human resources Denise Young Smith said. “And there is also diversity in terms of talent, including the music and artistic community. We like that cross-pollination, and the job candidates that have been able to hire because of it.”
While a lot of the focus on Apple’s expansion involves China and other overseas territories, it’s great to see Apple investing funds in new U.S. operations. Hopefully we’ll hear more about the Austin campus soon.